SilverStone Strider Platinum 750W Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone
UK price (as reviewed):
£107.48 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed): $147.00 (ex Tax)

At £110, the Strider Platinum 750W, or ST75F-PT, is certainly expensive for a model of its wattage, but the main reason for this lies in its name, as it’s an 80 Plus Platinum certified power supply. This means extremely high efficiency but it does come at a cost. That said, relative to other Platinum rated 750W PSUs this is actually one of the least expensive there is. 750W is a lot of wattage in the current scheme of things - easily enough to power all but the most demanding dual GPU systems.

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The design is based on the Strider Gold S series, and while a PSU is rarely the most exciting component of a build, the Strider Platinum 750W is a very generic looking power supply, though that’s not to say the build quality is low. The look is matched by the unit’s basic packaging and lack of any notable extras.

Of course, looks are far from everything, especially for a component that many cases now hide from view completely. What’s more impressive about the design is the size; the ST75F-PT is just 140mm deep, which is best in class and means it will fit into any case that supports ATX PSUs. For a 750W Platinum certified PSU you are usually looking at a depth of between 160mm and 180mm, so this will be excellent news for small form factor enthusiasts in particular.

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What’s more, the Strider Platinum 750W offers fully modular cables. Naturally, the connectors make the PSU compatible with SilverStone’s PP05 short cable kits specifically designed for small form factor cases, which SilverStone produces a fair share of itself. The Strider Platinum series, which includes 550W and 650W models too, lays claim to the title of being the smallest 80 Plus Platinum certified fully modular power supplies. Arguably, this is a small niche to fill, but it’s not surprising to see SilverStone fill it – the company is used to cramming high-quality power into small spaces, as the excellent SX600-G demonstrated earlier this year.

CablesLength, amount
Main (24-pin)550mm, x1
ATX/EPS (8-pin)750mm, x1
PCI-E (6+2-pin)550mm + 150mm, x2
SATA600mm + 150mm + 150mm +150mm, x2
Molex/Floppy600mm + 150mm + 150mm (M) + 150mm (F), x2

The cables themselves are of the flat variety, enabling you to achieve tighter folds in the confines of a small chassis and produce a cleaner build. There are plenty of connectors, all with sufficient length.

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As usual, we’re looking at a single 12V rail design, with SilveStone claiming the ST75F-PT delivers voltages with no more than 3 percent variation. One negative from the spec sheet, however, is that the PSU is only rated for an operating temperature up to 40°C ambient – we’re much more used to seeing 50°C here.

Amps/watts and voltage3.3V5V12V1-12V+5VSB
Rail amps22A22A62.5A0.3A3A
Maximum rating120W750W3.6W15W
Maximum continuous rating750W @ 40°C ambient

Speaking of heat, the Strider Platinum 750W employs a 120mm fan for getting shot of it, and it will remain off while the PSU is at less than 20 percent load. In our experience, about 170W was needed for it to come on, which is more than enough leeway for idle and low power tasks.

The last thing we want to draw attention to is the warranty. This power supply only comes with three years, which disappointingly low in the face of the seven and 10-year warranties we see from SilverStone’s competition in this market. Update 12/08/2016: SilverStone now offers this PSU with a more competitive five-year warranty.
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